Inishbofin Walking Festival takes place on May 23rd to 25th and is a highlight on all avid walker’s calendars as it provides the opportunity to see Inishbofin Island in all its glory. Treks include a Dawn Walk which takes in the stunning and rare wildlife at sunrise, an Island Perimeter Walk along the breathtaking coastal views, a Pilgrim Walk which traces the steps of the spiritual men and women who in habited the island and a rare opportunity to visit the now uninhabited Inishark. These spectacular walks will be lead by renowned historians, archaeologists and wildlife experts. Registration takes place on Friday May 23rd in the Inishbofin Community Centre at 8.30pm. A weekend pass is priced at €75 and a Day Pass €40.
Walking guides for the weekend include Anthony McGeehan, birdwatching expert and author, who will lead a Dawn Walk which will allow visitors to witness the magical offering of Inishbofin’s distinctive wildlife. Michael Gibbon’s one of Irelands most renowned field archaeologists will lead walkers in the footsteps of the islands spiritual ancestors and through the archaeological sites. Marie Coyne, a local treasure with extensive knowledge of Inishbofin’s heritage, will host visitors in her iconic museum to share with them the islands heritage and her vast photographic archive.
This magical weekend will conclude with a rare opportunity to visit Inishark. The last 23 inhabitants of this now isolated fishing and farming community were evacuated in October 1960. Islanders had been unable to leave for months in winter and so the government opted to resettle them on the mainland rather than build an expensive pier on the island. It was occupied for thousands of years and has many Bronze Age sites such as burial grounds and monuments. Visitors will be allowed to tour the Island guided by Tommy Burke Inishbofin’s resident archaeological expert.
For further information on the weekend visit the Inishbofin Island website on www.inishbofin.com or call Inishbofin Community Centre on 095 45895.